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thoughts on the future of aas-in-asia

by prasenjit duarawith this first blog of my presidential tenure, i would like to express my gratitude for your support and confidence in electing me to this position. coming into the presidency of the association in these deeply troubled geo-political times has been very challenging, and i will need your support and participation more than ever. what seemed relatively remote in the personal lives of scholars has touched us more directly in this last year. i refer not only to the controversy raised by the indian government’s denial of visas to pakistani citizens and people of pakistani descent prior to our 2018 conference in delhi, but also the upcoming aas-in-asia conferences in bangkok (2019) and hong kong (2020), places where concerns about academic freedom are regular topics of conversation. to gauge the sentiment of the aas membership in regard to these conferences, the officers of the association decided to hold a first town hall meeting at the 2019 annual conference in denver, and then follow ...

aas statement on extra-judicial detention of turkic muslims in xinjiang, prc

march 27, 2019the association for asian studies expresses its strong concern over the detention of at least 800,000 and up to 2 million uyghurs and other turkic muslims in political “re-education centers” in xinjiang, northwest china.1 turkic muslims have been interned, imprisoned, or forcibly “disappeared” since april 2017.2 such detention constitutes a major violation of human rights and, in the case of our academic colleagues, a clear disregard for academic freedom.we are particularly dismayed at the disappearance of at least 386 uyghur intellectuals and scholars, including 21 staff of xinjiang university, 15 staff of xinjiang normal university, 13 staff of kashgar university, 6 staff of xinjiang medical university, 6 staff of the xinjiang social sciences academy, 4 staff from khotan teachers’ college, and 101 students.3 turkic muslims have been denied the freedom to use their mother tongue, to pursue qur’anic studies, or to study and research abroad.4 those ...

meet prasenjit duara, incoming aas vice president

prasenjit duara is the oscar tang chair of east asian studies at duke university and will become vice president of the aas after the 2018 conference in washington, d.c. i developed my interest in china during the heady days of the cultural revolution’s ideological impact in delhi. as college students in the early 1970s we engaged in heated debates about the path for development and equity in india. the long and short of it was that i determined to study the chinese revolution in order to show that a peasant revolution of the chinese sort could not happen in india. i came to the u.s. to do my ph.d., first at the university of chicago and then moved with my advisor philip kuhn to harvard, where i got my degree in chinese history. while my thesis and first book did not directly address the issue of revolution comparatively, i did gain some insight into the nature of chinese rural society under the japanese occupation of the 1930s and 40s. the translation of culture power and the state: rural north china ...

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